News and Highlights for Faculty & Staff on the Urbana-Champaign Campus | December 2014
It is amazing that in a few days, our fall semester will be over. And though it has been just a few short months since the first day of classes, for thousands on campus it has been a time of transformation and accomplishment.
This semester has been marked by some amazing institutional and individual honors. We’ve seen a new MacArthur Fellow, a National Medal of Science winner, another Higher Education Diversity Award, new federal funding for five of our international studies centers and, most recently, five faculty recipients of National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. Investitures of chairs and professorships are coming at a faster pace than I can recall.
Certainly, this semester has come with its own challenges and reminded us that there is always work to be done to keep us moving forward together. As we approach the holidays, I would like to say again that as Provost, I am proud to be your colleague.
I wish you all a joyous and restful holiday season.
Ilesanmi Adesida, Provost
Five Faculty Members Receive National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
Congratulations to the Illinois faculty members who have been selected for National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowships: Antoinette Burton, History; Valeria Sobol, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Robert Morrissey, History; Francois Proulx, French and Italian; Timothy Pauketat, Anthropology. These fellowships are the most selective and competitive humanities awards in the country, with an average funding rate of just seven percent. View the full story here.
Six Faculty Members Elected AAAS Fellows
Congratulations to the Illinois faculty members who have been elected 2014 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Placid M. Ferreira, Mechanical Science and Engineering; Brendan A. Harley, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Joseph W. Lyding, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Phillip A. Newmark, Cell and Developmental Biology; Dan Roth, Computer Science; William H. Sanders, Electrical and Computer Engineering. They are among the 401 new fellows chosen for their efforts to advance science applications that have significant scientific or social impact. View the full story here.
Shinsei Ryu Awarded 2015 New Horizons in Physics Prize
Congratulations to Shinsei Ryu who has been awarded a prestigious New Horizons in Physics Prize by the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation for his pioneering work in theoretical condensed matter physics. View the full story here.
Associate Provost for Educational Innovation
Professor Deanna M. Raineri has joined the Office of the Provost as the Associate Provost for Educational Innovation. She will provide invaluable leadership to campus, working with academic units to shape educational strategy. With the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, she will help faculty members explore new avenues in classroom and online instruction and work to improve student learning outcomes. She will also continue to lead the Illinois connection with Coursera and develop other strategic partnerships at the national level to strengthen our reputation as a leader in teaching and learning.
Students Respond Positively to Winter Session
Illinois has announced a new 2014-2015 Winter Session, a pilot that is offering eight traditionally popular classes as four-week, online courses. This session provides another option for our students to make progress towards their degrees. The winter session, which includes courses from atmospheric sciences, business administration, economics and sociology, has received positive reviews from our undergraduate students. Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100) filled within the first minute and others filled within 24 hours. Six of the eight classes have reached or nearly reached capacity. View more information here.
Information Related to Union Organizing Drives
The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act places certain restrictions on supervisors and managers (for example, deans, department heads, chairs and other administrators) during unionization campaigns. To ensure that an open, fair dialogue occurs, please view this information from Illinois Human Resources.